Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL), a leading emerging markets company, along with the Centre for Health Research and Innovation (CHRI-PATH) and Family Health India (FH India) entered into an agreement with the Directorate of Health Services, Govt. of Maharashtra to support the Government in Malaria elimination, and Dengue, Chikungunya prevention and control programme. The launch event marked the initiation of support to the Public Health Department of Maharashtra through technical assistance from two agencies, CHRI-PATH and FH India, supported by GCPL’s CSR initiative.
Malaria and other vector-borne diseases are major public health issues in Maharashtra. Maharashtra is a Category 2 state with most districts with an Annual Parasite Index (API) of less than 1 case per 1,000 population at risk but few districts that report an API of 1 or above. One such district is the eastern forest district of Gadchiroli with a high tribal population. The programme’s primary focus is to eliminate Malaria, with particular attention given to the Gadchiroli district. Additionally, the programme aims to control the rapid increase in Dengue and Chikungunya cases, focusing on the Thane-Palghar district.
To achieve these goals, the support programme will appoint three state-level experts and 24 district-level human resources. These individuals will work closely with the government to strengthen human and entomological surveillance, enhance case reporting, and improve the clinical management of these diseases.
The occasion was chaired by Dr Ambadekar (Additional Director Health)/Dr Sarnikar (Joint Director Health) from Public Health Department of Maharashtra & attended by Ms Ahona Ghosh (General Manager, Sustainability Good & Green, GCPL), Dr. Sapkal (Regional Director, Health & Family Welfare), Dr Kamlapurkar (Asst. Director Health), Dr Jagtap (State Entomologist), Dr Sachin Gupte (Director, PATH), Dr Routray (Director PATH), Dr Amresh Kumar (Dy Director PATH), Dr Biswal (Technical Advisor, PATH), Dr Bitra George (Director, Family Health India), Som Kumar Sharma (Associate Director, Family Health India) etc.
The event emphasised the collective commitment and solidarity of all parties involved in the mission to eliminate Malaria and control Dengue and Chikungunya.
Dr. Sarnikar (Joint Director Health) from Public Health Department of Maharashtra shared, “Malaria, Dengue and other vector borne diseases are a big concern in Maharashtra, especially districts like Gadchoroli, Chandrapur and Thane-Palghar. Climate change is causing an increase in cases even in cold regions. Dengue variants can be deadly and we need to invest in necessary technology and prevention methods. We should learn from COVID-19 and be equipped and prepared to any vector-borne disease outbreaks. We are pleased to collaborate with Godrej Consumer Products, CHRI-PATH and the FHI teams to help support our aim to eliminate malaria.”